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June 21, 2013
DuPont says it expects first-half operating earnings per share to be about 10% below the prior year, citing weaker agriculture and nutrition results due to cool and wet weather in North America and Europe. DuPont had previously said that it expected first-half earnings to fall around 7–9%, when it reported first-quarter earnings on 23 April....
June 21, 2013
Yara International (Oslo) has announced that it will postpone a planned expansion project at Belle Plaine, SK. Yara says it views the Belle Plaine site as an optimal location for a...
June 21, 2013
Gevo (Englewood, CO) announced on 18 June that it has resumed commercial production of isobutanol at its Luverne, MN, site after isolating and removing contamination streams that...
June 21, 2013
Myriant (Quincy, MA) says it has successfully started operations at its 13,500-m.t./year biobased succinic acid plant at Lake Providence, LA—the company’s first large-scale production unit. The milestone follows the successful production of 1,4-butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran made from Myriant’s biosuccinic acid at Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies’ Teesside, UK, facility....
June 21, 2013
Momentum in industrial biotechnology is accelerating as large-scale projects are commissioned and biobased processes become part of strategic plans at large chemical companies...
June 21, 2013
Air Liquide announced on 17 June that it had signed a contract with LyondellBasell Industries to provide steam, power, air gases, and water to three of LyondellBasell’s plants near Pasadena, TX....
June 21, 2013
CF Industries reports that on 14 June an incident occurred at its 4.5-million ton/year nitrogen complex at Donaldsonville, LA—North America’s largest nitrogen...
June 21, 2013
Dow Chemical and Union Pacific note gains in their joint effort to improve rail safety and security, including safer tank car designs and supply chain improvements that have significantly reduced the volume of hazardous chemicals moving via rail....
June 21, 2013
ACC and Socma reemphasized the need to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) at a 13 June hearing held by the US House’s energy and commerce subcommittee on environment and...
June 7, 2013
Air Products says it has acquired EPCO Carbon Dioxide Products (Monroe, LA), a privately held producer and marketer of liquid carbon dioxide (CO2). The purchase price has not been...
June 7, 2013
Linde on 31 May announced its largest investment—including a large air separation unit (ASU), gasification train, and supporting equipment and facilities—in the United States, at La Porte, TX....
June 7, 2013
Mexichem (Tlalnepantla, Mexico) has completed the previously announced acqusiition of PolyOne’s vinyl dispersion, blending, and suspension resin assets for $250 million in cash...
June 7, 2013
Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) plans to add a 10th furnace to an existing ethylene unit at its Sweeny Complex, at Old Ocean, TX, increasing ethylene production capacity by 200 million lbs/year, the company announced last week. The construction of the furnace, which has been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), will begin during the third quarter with start-up to follow in 2014, CPChem said....
June 7, 2013
Kuraray says that its wholly owned MonoSol (Merrillville, IN) subsidiary will expand production capacity for polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) film at its La Porte, IN, manufacturing site. The...
June 7, 2013
Senator Frank Lautenberg (D., NJ), a longtime advocate for chemicals management reform and more stringent environmental protection, passed away on 3 June from complications of viral pneumonia, according to a statement from his office. He was 89 years old....
June 7, 2013
EPA announced on 29 May that is has proposed two rules to ensure that composite wood products produced domestically or imported into the US meet the formaldehyde emission standards...
June 7, 2013
PetroLogistics (Houston) last week announced plans to shut down its Houston propane dehydrogenation (PDH) facility on 8 June to repair two of the plant’s eight reactors....
June 7, 2013
Arkema says it has brought onstream the previously announced additional acrylic acid capacity at its Clear Lake, TX, site. The added capacity brings the site to a nameplate capacity of...
June 7, 2013
Industry leaders at ACC’s annual meeting at Colorado Springs, CO, noted that conditions in the United States were solid, Europe remains weak, and Asia is underperforming compared with its high expectations....
May 31, 2013
Ashland has entered into a $150-million accelerated share buyback program, with Citi acting as the broker. Under the agreement, Citi will deliver 1.3 million Ashland shares at current...
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